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VP of Distribution

| Chicago

About the role:

We are looking for a Vice President of Distribution to help us deliver on our mission of making fresh, wholesome food accessible to everyone. This role will be responsible for Fridge installations, route planning, safe and efficient food delivery, and Fridge up-time/appearance to ensure an optimal customer experience. This role is the critical bridge between running day-to-day operations across multiple geographies and building the processes and systems necessary to support this part of the business through rapid growth; all while building a strong team culture centered around collaboration, transparency, and humility.

What kind of person are we looking for?

  • Efficiency minded, process driven, and improvement-oriented
  • A strategic communicator, able to connect all members of the team to the company's vision and short/long term goals
  • Empathetic, fair, and consistent - morale of the team is just as important as the numbers the team can hit
  • Able to anticipate, identify, and remove sources of friction to empower their team
  • A hands on, executional leader, who would never say (or imply) "that's not my job"

In a typical week, you will...

  • Oversee all distribution operations, including Fridge procurement, installation, routing, and servicing as well as food delivery/stocking, across multiple geographies.
  • Build a team to support rapid business growth and market entry through multiple pick-up points, cross-docks, and point of sale locations.
  • Establish key performance indicators and ensure cost and quality targets are achieved.
  • Build replicable, scalable, systems and processes to support business growth.
  • Design and build organizational structures which provide growth opportunities, cross-training, and avenues of succession at all levels of the team.
  • Work with Quality and Food Safety to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, including but not limited to OSHA and FDA standards.
  • Develop a culture of continuous improvement, flexibility, and openness.
  • Execute growth plans and critical projects as the business expands nationally.
  • Own Distribution business P&L and deliver on budget goals.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 10+ years of Operations experience, a portion of which spent in a leadership role at a rapidly growing business (Ideally $20m - $200m size)
  • Experience managing multiple remote locations, professionals and both exempt and non-exempt workforce
  • A degree in engineering, business, and/or operations management, and an MBA or graduate degree in related field
  • Experience in a high-growth environment required, preferably in logistics, supply chain, or related field
  • Ability to operate in ambiguous situations and be flexible as the organization changes and grows - we are a new place every quarter!
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills


  • Traditional Benefits -- Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, LTD
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Daily Fridge Credits
  • Monthly cell phone credit
  • Spontaneous company events and community service activities
  • Work with a phenomenal team of individuals that are constantly pushing the market boundaries to offer healthy food at the utmost convenience.

About Farmer's Fridge:

At Farmer's Fridge, we're committed to making wholesome, delicious food simply accessible, so people can live a little happier. We aim to remove the roadblocks to eating well on the go. That means sourcing top-notch ingredients, handcrafting meals in our kitchen, packing & delivering fresh to our network of Fridges and ensuring the best possible customer experience. Unpurchased items are regularly donated to local food depositories, providing responsibly sourced nutrition to community members in need. If you're passionate about our mission to change the food system for the better, our team just may be the right fit for you.

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Located in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor, we’re at the epicenter of the startup community. Find coffee shops, breweries, and inspiration all around.

An Insider's view of Farmer's Fridge

What are some social events your company does?

Working at a start-up can be a roller coaster, so we do our best to balance work & play. We have regular get-togethers including happy hours, mixers, and impromptu outings to celebrate the wins at the many restaurants & breweries in the area. We also throw a mean party, are 2018 kickball league champions and have yoga classes in the office monthly.


Revenue & Sustainability Manager, Farmer's Fridge

What does your typical day look like?

Given the fast-paced environment at the Fridge, things change so quickly around here. Each day comes with new projects and priorities - and no two days look the same. From meetings and calls to strategizing with the team, and travel, in the two years I've been here, it's safe to say that each day is different.

Syed Shah

Executive Director of Channel Partnerships

What makes someone successful on your team?

In a space dominated by big food players, we are building something truly innovative, and the response from the community reaffirms that we're on our way to helping people live healthier, happier lives. Challenges are met with optimism and passion instead of deep sighs and frustration, and the team really bands together to achieve shared goals.


Director of Operations Systems, Farmer's Fridge

What is your vision for the company?

Farmer's Fridge aims to make fresh, healthy food as accessible as a candy bar. We are on a mission to improve public health through better access to delicious, nutritious food.


Founder & CEO, Farmer's Fridge

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

I love coming to a place where my coworkers are supportive of my trials as a working Mom. Where time is made for quiet, uninterrupted work with weekly clarity breaks. Where we are fully supported in our projects. I get to bring all of myself to work, the Mom, the food lover, and the runner—and feel like each part is appreciated and celebrated!


Customer Development Manager

What are Farmer's Fridge Perks + Benefits

Farmer's Fridge Benefits Overview

Let’s talk perks. Because keeping you healthy and happy is what we’re all about.

We offer:
Traditional Benefits -- Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, LTD

10 paid holidays

Generous PTO policy (Did somebody say vacay?!)

Daily Fridge Credits (Yep—Lunch is on us! Free snacks, too!)

Monthly cell phone credit

Spontaneous company events and community service activities (kickball, yoga, and yes—even the occasional bonsai tree taming tutorial can be expected!)

Opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of individuals that are constantly pushing the market boundaries to offer delicious, nutritious food at the utmost convenience.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Daily Fridge credits!
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

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